Gratitude is a two-fold love – love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.
~ Henry Van Dyke
How perfect that this is the card that appears just after the Full Blessing Moon of July! This week, we welcome the Nine of Cups, the gatekeeper of satisfaction and thanksgiving.
Nine is a very magical number in many traditions. Of all the single digit numbers, it may be the most profound. Composed of three trinities (3 times 3), it represents the principles of the sacred Triad taken to their utmost expression.
And in the base 10 system, where all numbers are represented by ten distinct forms (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9), nine is the final number.
As such, it becomes a limit, a boundary, or the ultimate attainment. It is a threshold number that is strongly associated with creativity, completion, and fate. It is also frequently connected with leadership, initiation, and the Mysteries.
And of course, the Tarot Cups are about the dreams, love, intuitive knowing, and the heart’s wisdom that we all feel. So the Nine of Cups speaks of emotional satisfaction, perhaps a dream fulfilled.
This Week’s Timing
In the Northern Hemisphere, the peak of Summer ripeness glistens all around us and the first harvest celebrations are only a few weeks away. Now we are busy gathering in Gaia’s extravagant, loving bounty.
We know dark days and long cold nights lie ahead, but they are far off for now. Now is the time for growing, sharing, and reveling in the deep pleasures of Life’s fruitfulness.
Also, this Wednesday jovial jolly Jupiter moves into fiery Leo for the next year.
Astrologers Annie and Adam at Cafe Astrology tell us that “Jupiter in a Fire sign teaches us to embrace our more confident, brave, and outgoing selves. This is how we grow and expand. More specifically, with Jupiter in Leo, we attract the most good fortune when we express magnanimity, are generous with others, inspire confidence in others, conduct ourselves with dignity and sincerity, and avoid the pitfall of excessive egotism.”
I could not sum up this card any better.
The Heart’s Desire
The Nine of Cups is traditionally known as the Wishing Card. During this time that is so obviously not about scarcity, but is instead when Nature is overflowing, we are encouraged to make a wish.
Arthur Waite himself describes it as concord, contentment, and the celebration of a happy future. It is also frequently associated with a joyful childbirth.
What is your heart’s desire? “Where intention goes, energy flows,” according to the old magical saying. Love, intuition, and healing are available in lush, benevolent ways. Who or what offers you great contentment and the realization of your spirit’s longings?
Of course as I have noted many times, every Tarot card has aspects of light and shadow. Beware of over-indulgence or complacency.
Remember to share your happiness and good fortune, for you yourself are like the man sitting before the table — a gatekeeper for others who are seeking their heart’s fulfillment. How can you help their sweetest, most loving wishes come true?
With gratitude may love come to visit us, and in turn, may love recognize and greet us, as the beloved guest.